This example is a 20th century reproduction, at best an interpretation, of a well known early 19th century pearlware farmyard group. We see a shepherd holding a crook with two dogs at his feet, six lambs, a sheep and a large tree with various types of birds. There is a squirrel and a yellow snake entwined around a tree, with everything surrounded by a fence.
New Staffordshire figurines are made and painted to resemble the quaint, naive look of originals. Modern copies of antique Staffordshire figurines can be very deceptive. The surfaces of new creations are often specially 'antiqued' at the factory to give the visual aura of 18th or 19th century antiques. So new pottery figurines made in the image of an old Staffordshire piece, may all too often be easily mistaken for the real thing.
The differences in substance, manufacturing technique, quality, coloring, and decoration can be dramatic between old and new Staffordshire collectibles, but they can also sometimes be very subtle. Meanwhile, the differences in value are dramatic. New pieces typically may be purchased cheaply for just a few dollars. So, while a price like that seen in this listing may seem cheap in comparison to prices typically asked for an authentically antique figure, it actually isn't that great of a price if taking into consideration that for that same amount you could have purchased a box full of them from the manufacturer, rather than just one. Staffordshire figurines are another collecting niche in which a little advance scholarship can be well worth the effort.
See the Favorite Links page for direction to collector specific information on Staffordshire figure collecting, with side-by side examples of various new pieces shown next to their authentically old counterparts.
Measures 8 1/4 inches tall with an 8 inch base diameter.
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